BIGGER VISION OF ATHENS INC

aka Bigger Vision   |   Athens, GA   |  www.biggervisionofathens.org

Mission

Bigger Vision of Athens aims to provide a safe and comfortable place for those in homelessness as they navigate towards sustainable housing.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small nonprofit with few staff that relies heavily on volunteers for funding, services and, supplies.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Steven Jeffrey Mason

Main address

P.O. Box 8022

Athens, GA 30603 USA

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EIN

20-8189437

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Overnight Shelter Program

The Overnight Shelter program assists those experiencing homelessness by providing housing on a day-by-day basis for 34 guests a night. When the shelter opens at 6:30 PM, our guests receive a hot meal provided by volunteers in the community, access to showers and laundry machines on an alternating schedule, encouragement and relaxation through conversations and games with volunteers and other guests, a comfortable bed for the night, breakfast in the morning, and help connecting with other organizations in Athens that can help them get back on their feet.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Abundant Life program strives to empower those experiencing homelessness toward stable housing through educational and employment goals. We aim to accomplish this by providing sustainable housing and basic resources, while participants gain skills, financially save, and plan for their future. In addition to a stable shelter, two meals a day, laundry services, and shower services, Abundant Life participants also receive case management from a master's level social worker.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Adults in homelessness who need a place to sleep.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BIGGER VISION OF ATHENS INC

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Debra Hess


Board co-chair

Kory Verdonck

Debra Hess

Kory Verdonck

Vicky Lester

Grace Hook

Kevin DeCastro

Pete McGill

Clay Evans

Leslie Sitz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/08/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.